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Dartmouth opens its 235th year with Convocation on Tuesday, Sept. 21

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 09/20/04 • Contact Roland Adams (603) 646-3661

Michael Arad
Michael Arad

Michael Arad, architect and designer of "Reflecting Absence," the memorial to be built on the site of the World Trade Center in New York, will help welcome the Dartmouth Class of 2008 at Convocation on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. in Leede Arena in the John W. Berry Sports Center.

Arad, a member of the Dartmouth Class of 1991, will address an audience consisting primarily of the incoming Class of 2008 to officially open the College's 235th year. Dartmouth President James Wright will deliver the main address, and Julia Hildreth of Gilford, N.H., a member of the Class of 2005 and Student Body President, will also speak.

A traditional cookout for the Dartmouth community, hosted by President Wright and Susan DeBevoise Wright on Tuck Mall (Thayer Dining Hall in the event of rain) will follow the Convocation exercises.

Arad's "Reflecting Absence" design will memorialize victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack and of the 1993 terrorist bombing of the Twin Towers. Arad, who grew up in Israel, the United States and Mexico, graduated from Dartmouth after having served in the Israeli military. He received a master's degree in architecture from Georgia Tech's College of Architecture. He moved to New York City in 1999 and worked as an architect at Kohn Pedersen Fox for three years. He recently joined the firm of Handel Architects as a partner. 

Selected from 11,734 applicants, the Class of 2008 is a group of 544 women and 533 men - a total of 1,077 students. Sixty-three percent come from public secondary schools. They represent 47 of the 50 United States and 23 foreign countries. Thirty-one percent of the class represent African American, Asian American, Latino, Native American or multi-racial backgrounds. Twenty-six percent of the students were high school valedictorians and their median SAT is 1,460. Forty-four percent of the students in the class will be receiving need-based scholarships from Dartmouth, totaling $13 million.

The character and personality of the Class of 2008 is also reflected in their activities and interests. For example, 47 percent performed community service during secondary school, 44 percent had significant involvement in the arts, 32 percent were sports team captains, 10 percent were publication editors, and 7 percent were class presidents. In total, members of the class speak 37 different languages. In addition the class includes mountain climbers and dancers, poets and computer experts, politicians and playwrights.

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